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The CRPC has recently been awarded three Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) projects as part of a nationwide effort to substantially upgrade the computational capabilities of the defense community for research, development, testing, and evaluation.

The HPCMP is made up of four Major Shared Resource Centers (MSRCs), each of which operates high-performance computer systems connected by multiple high-speed data communications networks and addresses user requirements for hardware, software, programming environments, and training. The MSRCs are collaborating with distributed centers, universities, and industrial sites across the country to support the DoD's increasingly complex and computationally intensive research and development efforts. The CRPC is working with three of the MSRCs: the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, headed by Alabama-based Nichols Research Corporation (NRC) and Ohio Supercomputer Center; the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Maryland, headed by Texas-based E-Systems and the Georgia Institute of Technology; and the Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station (CEWES) in Mississippi, headed by the NRC and Mississippi State University. The fourth MSRC is the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, headed by Virginia-based Grumman Data Systems.

CRPC researchers and staff members from Caltech (Mani Chandy), Rice University (Ken Kennedy, Chuck Koelbel, Danny Powell), Syracuse University (David Bernholdt, Geoffrey Fox), the University of Tennessee (Shirley Browne, Jack Dongarra), and the University of Texas (Mary Wheeler) are involved in a project called Programming Environment Training (PET) that is headquartered at CEWES. PET focuses on emerging advances in programming environments, computational tools, algorithms, software, computational solution techniques, and training for DoD- identified Computational Technology Areas (CTAs). CRPC-supported CTAs include computational structural mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, climate/weather/ocean modeling, forces modeling and simulation, environmental quality modeling and simulation, computational electromagnetics and acoustics, computational chemistry and materials science, computational electronics and nanoelectronics, and integrated modeling and test environments.

For commentary about the program from CRPC Director Ken Kennedy, see "From the Director" on page 2. For more information on the DoD HPCMP, see http://www.hpcmo.hpc.mil/.

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